Saturday, January 21, 2012

Raindrops on my Moon Roof

The practice of finding things to give thanks to God for is called eucharisteo according to Ann Voskamp in her book called 1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.

Ann is a wonderful writer, mother of 6, with a distinct and poetic voice. She weaves her own personal stories in and out of her search for living fully an everyday life.

The challenge she undertook as part of this process was to write down 1,000 gifts and to thank God for them as a way to change perspective from what she didn't have to what she did.

In the Old Testament book of Genesis, Eve, poor girl, focused on what she didn't have rather than the abundance around her. It's just this sort of thing that the practice of giving thanks is designed to help us combat.

It sounds really simple but sometimes it's the simple things that are the most transformative of our lives.

My own gift list is up to 126. And I've decided to embark on a 1,000 gifts photo project culminating in a book. This photograph of Raindrops on my Moon Roof is gift photo #1.

Is there anything that you feel is a gift today?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Of Shoes, Glasses and the New Year

I can't wait for my new glasses! I remember in 7th grade feeling the same way about getting a new pair of running shoes.  First purple Pumas, then navy blue Converse. If I had the right kind, I would go faster!

I have the same illusions about my new glasses. I hope ardently that on the day I begin wearing them they vest in me keen powers of insight, maturity and wisdom that I don't possess today but certainly wish I had attained.

Like you, if you're reading this, I'm getting a New Year too.  The gift of a new year brings the same sense of outrageous possibility.  Things can be different.  We can be different.  And we make our lists of what to change.

When my new running shoes came, I remember holding them and my breath with anticipation.  And then i put them on and ran my first quarter mile. No seconds were shaved off my time.  No glorious move up on the track team.

But they did make my experience of running, drudgery at 12 years old, less so and more of a 6 Million Dollar Man slo-mo experience.  I probably ran more or at least more cheerfully as a result and through the slow steady application of practice got faster.

My experience of my new glasses will probably be much the same. After the shiny newness wears off, I'll realize that the new glasses have transformed only my experience and over time, that difference, combined with diligent practice, will improve my abilities.

Likewise, every day in this shiny new year, we have choices to enjoy the gift of every day and to diligently practice. And if we miss a day, we don't have to wait for a new year to start again for His mercies are new every morning.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The New Year According to Rilke

And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Haiku of 2012

Salmon colored dawn
lays long fingers on top of
frost covered shingles